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NYC Gives the Green Light to the Building of Apartments with a 'Poor Door' for Tenants Living in Affordable Housing
by Kirk MaltaisDaily Mail
July 20th, 2014
A developer in New York City has been allowed to establish a separate alley entrance for tenants in the building's affordable units. NYC allowed the developer additional market rate units in exchange for constructing the affordable housing.

Sequester a 'Tight Squeeze' for Section 8 Housing Residents
by Matthew TaubBrooklyn Eagle
July 18th, 2014
Section 8 tenants in New York City face higher rents or smaller quarters, as the federal budget sequester forces cuts in subsidized housing.

Bay Area Rents Soar, Despite Increase in Supply
by Katherine PenderSan Francisco Chronicle
July 16th, 2014
Increasing the housing supply has not caused rents to fall in the Bay Area. Indeed they continue to rise.

Freddie Mac Predicts Multifamily Home Shortage by 2023
by Mike WheatleyRealty Biz News
July 16th, 2014
Freddie Mac predicts that there will be a rental housing shortage by 2023, and that there will not be sufficient new construction to meet the need.

Google Lawyer Turned Landlord Inflames City's Tech Clash
by Karen Gullo and Dan LevyBusiness Week
July 16th, 2014
Google lawyer Jack Halprin is evicting the rent-controlled tenants in his Mission District property.

East Palo Alto Residents Ask Council to Oust Manager
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto residents asked the City Council there to find a new City Manager, charging that the present City Manager lacks a commitment to the City's rent law and local control of public safety, the two issues that led to residents forming the City 33 years ago.

Bay Area Apartment Rents Continue Relentless Rise on Tight Supply
by Pete CarySan Jose Mercury News
July 15th, 2014
Rents have increased substantially over the last three years, forcing many workers to endure long commutes from outlying communities.

East Palo Alto to Seek New City Manager
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto's City Council has decided to replace Magda Gonzalez as City Manager there. Tenants Together argued that she was too close to East Palo Alto's major landlord, and she advocated contracting out the City's police services.

WeHo Announces 2014-2015 Rent Adjustment of 1.25 Percent
WeHoville
July 14th, 2014
Landlords of rent-controlled units in West Hollywood may increase rents 1.25 percent this year.

Tenant Group Calls for EPA City Manager's Ouster
by Sue DremannPalo Alto Online
July 11th, 2014
Tenants Together is calling for the ouster of the City Manager in East Palo Alto, and has documented her bias in favor of that city's largest private landlord.

American Homes CEO Sees More Takeovers Amid Consolidation
by John GittelsohnBusiness Week
July 11th, 2014
Large investor groups are likely to take over the rental houses of smaller investor groups, as the industry consolidates.

Council Approves Three Housing Measures for November Ballot
by Jonathan FriedmanSanta Monica Lookout
July 11th, 2014
Three measures on the ballot in Santa Monica will address housing issues. One would allow rent board fees to rise, and another would increase the real estate transfer fee. The third, an advisory vote, would use money from the real estate transfer fee to fund affordable housing.

Housing Activists Take Aim at Cow Hollow Company over Eviction of Long Time Elderly Tenant
by Jessica KwongSan Francisco Examiner
July 11th, 2014
Housing activists in San Francisco are protesting the Ellis Act eviction of a long-term tenant there.

Tenant Group Says East Palo Alto's City Manager Cozies Up to Big Landlord
by Bonnie EslingerSan Jose Mercury News
July 11th, 2014
Tenants Together is asking that East Palo Alto's City Manager's contract not be renewed, as she has worked against enforcement of the City's rent control law.

Bed Bugs Invade Fresno Apartment Building
by Erika CervantesKMPH News
July 10th, 2014
Tenants in a Fresno apartment building are struggling with a bedbug infestation. The landlord has fumigated, but that has been ineffective.

A Face Behind San Francisco's Gentrification Problem
by Austin MeyerPeninsula Press
July 10th, 2014
A tenant who has lived in his apartment for 37 years is facing eviction under the Ellis Act.

Protesters Defend San Francisco Woman, 98, from Eviction
RT
July 10th, 2014
Tenant groups in San Francisco are protesting the eviction of a 98-year-old woman. The landlord is UGI, which has emptied several San Francisco properties using the Ellis Act.

Linkage Fees Proposed to Double
by Roger ShowleyU-T San Diego
July 9th, 2014
A proposed "compromise" on commercial development fees would produce fewer than 100 units of affordable housing in San Diego, where some 46,000 households lack affordable housing. Housing activists there oppose the proposal.

As New York Landlords Push for Buyouts, Tenants Stand their Ground
by Mireya NavarroNew York Times
July 9th, 2014
Rent-stabilized tenants in New York City are often resistant accepting a buyout, as the money isn't sufficient to pay rent for more than a short period of time.

'Just Cause' Eviction Legislation Becomes Law in Rhode Island
NBC News Rhode Island
July 9th, 2014
Rhode Island has passed legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties from eviction without just cause.

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